Well it seems that the folks at Slacker Radio aren’t living up to their name all that well. Nope, they’ve been busy bees in recent days.
It only a few weeks ago that Slacker’s iPhone app added the ability to cache music for offline listening. Now comes word that the Slacker app has been updated yet again, this time to support iOS 4.0. And you know what that means boys and girls… that’s right if your iPhone 3GS or current generation iPod touch is running iOS 4.0 or you have a shiny new iPhone 4 you’ll be able to keep Slacker running even as you go to use other apps on your iDevice.
As Slacker’s senior vice president of marketing Jonathan Sasse notes
“Whether you want to create your own perfect radio station from favorite artists and songs or listen to one of our hand-crafted genre stations, Slacker Radio offers more music and more features such as station caching for an unparalleled listening experience wherever you go. Our new app provides full support for the advanced features offered in Apple’s iOS 4, including the ability to run in the background as well as control of the app while utilizing other features on the device.”
I’m a happy Slacker Radio Plus subscriber (available for as low as $3.99) and tried it out on both my iPhone and my touch. It works as promised and makes my favorite streaming music app even better. Well done Slacker!
The full release follows…
Slacker Radio Announces iPhone iOS 4 Personal Radio Application
Slacker Radio With Support for iOS 4 Offers Multitasking, Background Control Support and Station Caching for Listening to Music Without a Mobile or Wi-Fi Connection
SAN DIEGO, CA – June 23, 2010 – Slacker, Inc. today announced the availability of Slacker Radio with support for iOS 4 for iPhone and iPod touch*. The new application supports multitasking for listening to Slacker Radio in the background and offers convenient controls for accessing the app while performing other device functions. Slacker Radio with support for iOS 4 can be immediately downloaded for free at the iTunes App Store or by visiting www.Slacker.com from the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad web browser.
Multitasking, which is supported by Apple’s iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 3rd generation can be utilized by clicking the device’s “home” button while listening to Slacker Radio. The Slacker Radio app will then minimize, allowing listeners to access other iPhone and iPod functions such as email and news readers. To control the Slacker app running in the background, listeners can double click the iPhone or iPod touch “home” button and swipe the toolbar from left to right to access convenient controls to pause and skip songs.
With access to a song library that is nearly four times the size of the leading competitor, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners can use Slacker Radio to create their own Personal Radio stations or listen to and personalize over 120 expert-programmed genre stations. Slacker Radio gives access to artist biographies, album reviews and station fine-tuning, allowing listeners to choose between hearing newer vs. classic tracks, popular vs. fringe and more or less of their favorite songs. In addition to marking songs as favorites, listeners can also ban songs and artists to create truly personalized radio stations.
“Whether you want to create your own perfect radio station from favorite artists and songs or listen to one of our hand-crafted genre stations, Slacker Radio offers more music and more features such as station caching for an unparalleled listening experience wherever you go,” said Jonathan Sasse, senior vice president of marketing at Slacker. “Our new app provides full support for the advanced features offered in Apple’s iOS 4, including the ability to run in the background as well as control of the app while utilizing other features on the device.”
With Slacker Radio for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad and a Slacker Radio Plus subscription, music lovers can select specific stations to cache while they are listening by simply tapping “Cache This Station” from any station page. Once stations have been selected, individual songs for the stations are automatically downloaded by selecting “Refresh Stations” from the Cached Stations link in the home screen view. During a station refresh the application will store up to thousands of songs on the device for off-line playback, allowing stations to be accessed on planes, subways and everywhere in between – with no interruptions and greatly reduced battery use. Along with the ability to store stations to the device, Slacker Radio Plus features ad-free listening, complete song lyrics, “peek ahead” artist and album previews, unlimited song skipping, unlimited song requests and more.
Free Slacker Basic Radio listeners can cache stations for up to 14 days, providing the opportunity to try the feature on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, risk-free.
Slacker Radio 2.1 with support for iOS 4:
• Support for multitasking
• Convenient background play controls
• Music library featuring millions of songs
• No monthly listening limits
• Over 120 professionally programmed genre stations
• Create custom stations based on artists or songs
• Fine tune stations on-the-fly to play more of the music you like
• View artist biographies and photos
• View album art and reviews
• Pause and skip songs
• Rate songs as favorites
• Ban the songs and artists you don’t like
Slacker Radio Plus
• Cache stations to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch**
• Enjoy Slacker radio stations even without a wireless network
• Unlimited song skipping
• Ad-free listening
• Complete song lyrics†
• Unlimited song requests for creating stations
• “Peek Ahead” artist and album preview
Pricing and Availability
Slacker Radio for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is available for free in the iTunes app store or by visiting www.Slacker.com from the web browser. Slacker Radio Plus is available for as low as $3.99 per month and can be purchased at www.Slacker.com or within the app by selecting the “Upgrade” button. Please visit www.Slacker.com/iphone on the web for more details. iPad users can install and use Slacker Radio 2.1 in compatibility mode, which includes station caching for off-line listening as well as all other features of the 2.1 application.
About Slacker, Inc.
Slacker is the world’s first Personal Radio company offering “Your Radio Everywhere.” Slacker enables music lovers to play highly personalized music online at the Slacker web site or on the go with Slacker Personal Radio players and mobile phones. Slacker mobile applications are currently available for Android, iPhone, Palm webOS, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry smartphones. For more information visit http://www.Slacker.com/everywhere.
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